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Largest Maya city, population about 70,000.

Early Maya precedent for use and display of monumental structures. It had a theocracy, a priestly ruling class. Architcture had to impress the common people. Tikal is not built on a grid plan. Instead, the plazas, pyramid-temples, ballcourts are situated on high ground that is connected by elevated roads (causeway). Temple 1 covers the tomb of Ruler A (628-727 CE). Stone crest above temple is a roof comb (bright painted sculptures decorated it).